Justice for Whom?

The 17th Congress have made the reimposition of capital punishment one of their main priorities, at a time when poverty is rife and there already being a de-facto death penalty in place. The House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez even made a dire warning to lawmakers, threatening to remove their leadership responsibilities if they dare vote against House […]

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Change of Heart

Environmentalists became excited when President Rodrigo Duterte affirmed Environmental Secretary Gina Lopez’ decision to close down several mining companies for environmental violations. So just imagine their disappointment when the head-of-state recently had a change of heart on illegal mining. The Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Gina Lopez cemented her status as a crusader for […]

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Duterte Turns His Back on Peace

President Rodrigo Duterte has made no secret of his love affair with the Philippine Left. Even during his time as mayor of Davao he expressed high regard for the radical leftist New People’s Army (NPA), crediting their passionate stance to alleviate the plight of the poor. During the 2016 presidential elections, Duterte was rumored to have […]

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What Lies Ahead

The year that passed was widely regarded as one of the most memorable, given the numerous history-making headlines that it produced. In 2016, the world saw a proliferation of terrorist attacks, the rise of populist candidates and the death of countless celebrities. Yet 2016 for Filipinos was the year an outsider, someone not associated with […]

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Duterte Indebted to the Elite

President Duterte’s surprising victory in the 2016 polls was widely seen as a backlash of the working class against the political elite, but according to his interview with CNN Philippines that may not be the case. The president revealed that for his victory, he is indebted to 3-4 individuals who are members of powerful political scions […]

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The Day I Met The Punisher

It was early this month when I logged on to Facebook and saw myself tagged by three different friends to the same article by a prominent New Zealand publication. The headline read: “Philippine president Duterte to visit Auckland.” These were non-Filipino associates of mine who all knew who President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is and are […]

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